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Six Nations: Ireland v England player ratings

By Jonathan Bradley

We take a look at how the Ireland squad fared up...

Rob Kearney

A strong break almost had him in against England for the second year in succession and he came in to the line with great effect. 8

 

Tommy Bowe

Remains crucial to Ireland’s aerial efforts, and Murray looked to him a few times with cross kicks, in an otherwise quiet day. 7

 

Jared Payne

His partnership with Henshaw in midfield is growing by the game and Payne’s direct running proved productive. 8

 

Robbie Henshaw

The Connacht man was prominent from start to finish and his try was just reward for his tenacity off the ball. 9

 

Simon Zebo

Zebo’s re-invention continues as he gave his all to the kick chase and worked hard in defence. Counter-attacked well. 8

 

Jonathan Sexton

The out-half was supreme before a hamstring injury. Kicked five of six off the tee and even forced two big turnovers in defence. 8

 

Conor Murray

Exerted admirable control and, while a few garryowens were overcooked, had Ireland playing in the right areas. 8

 

Jack McGrath

Justified his selection once again with, one penalty aside, a solid effort in the scrum and some important carries under pressure. 8

 

Rory Best

Justified his selection once again with, one penalty aside, a solid effort in the scrum and some important carries under pressure. 8

 

Ireland’s lineout functioned far better than England’s and the Ulster hooker came closest to providing a first-half try when held up.

 

Mike Ross

Rewarded Joe Schmidt’s faith with an effort that negated Joe Marler at scrum-time. Quiet in the loose over 57 minutes. 7

 

Devin Toner

Got around the park well and his steal of an English lineout deep in his own territory was a crucial moment of the game. 8

 

Paul O’Connell

The Irish captain led by example once again and, despite being 35 years of age, was the best lock on display. 8

 

Peter O’Mahony

The Munster captain looked bemused to be penalised twice, but was indefatigable and got the better of the English back-row. 8

 

Sean O’Brien

The flanker’s luckless time in green continues and he was withdrawn after 26 minutes with what appeared to be a concussion. 6

 

Jordi Murphy

With Jamie Heaslip out injured, the young Leinster player filled in admirably and quickly got to grips with the contest. 7

 

Subs

 

Tommy O’Donnell (O’Brien, 26mins): Stepped up when needed. 8

Ian Madigan (Sexton, 54): Ireland missed Sexton after his injury. 6

Martin Moore (Ross, 57): Hungry for action though understandably rusty. 7

Cian Healy (McGrath, 59): Provided a lift and forced late turnover.                      7

Iain Henderson (Toner, 65): Quickly set about trying to make an impact. 7

Felix Jones (Payne, 71): Was solid in limited minutes.6

Sean Cronin (Best, 74): Energetic in short cameo.6

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